Ignyte Awards 2021 finalists announced.

The finalists for the Ignyte Awards 2021, brought to you by Fiyah Literary Magazine, were announced on April 22, 2021.

Fiyah is a quarterly speculative fiction magazine that features stories by and about Black people of the African Diaspora based in the USA founded in 2016. The magazine announced that they would host FIYAHCON for Black, Indigenous and People of Colour (BIPOC) with the Ignyte Awards as its centrepiece in 2020. The new awards are aimed at celebrating the vibrancy and diversity of the current and future landscapes of science fiction, fantasy, and horror by recognizing incredible feats in storytelling and outstanding efforts toward inclusivity of the genre.

The 2021 cycle of the awards started with the organisers announcing the finalists for this year’s categories. The seek to celebrate the vibrancy and diversity of the current and future landscapes of science fiction, fantasy, and horror by recognizing incredible feats in storytelling and outstanding efforts toward inclusivity of the genre.

Here are some of the finalists in select categories;

Best Novel – Adult

  • Black Sun – Rebecca Roanhorse
  • The City We Became – N. K. Jemisin
  • Midnight Bargain – C. L. Polk
  • The Only Good Indians – Stephen Graham Jones
  • Vagabonds – Hao Jingfang, translated by Ken Liu

Best Novel – Young Adult

  • Elatsoe – Darcie Little Badger
  • Legendborn – Tracy Deonn
  • Raybearer – Jordan Ifueko
  • A Song Below Water – Bethany Morrow
  • A Sky Beyond the Storm – Sabaa Tahir

Finalists – Best in Middle Grade

  • Frightville: Curse of the Wish Eater – Mike Ford
  • Ghost Squad – Claribel A. Ortega
  • Maya and the Rising Dark – Rena Barron
  • Race to the Sun – Rebecca Roanhorse
  • A Wish in the Dark – Christina Soontornvat

Best Novella

  • Empress of Salt and Fortune – Nghi Vo
  • The Four Profound Weaves – R. B. Lemberg
  • Ring Shout – P. Djèli Clark
  • Riot Baby – Tochi Onyebuchi
  • Stone & Steel – Eboni J. Dunbar

Best Novelette

  • The Inaccessibility of Heaven – Aliette de Bodard
  • Love Hangover – Sheree Renée Thomas
  • The Night Sun – Zin E. Rocklyn
  • One Hand in the Coffin – Justin C. Key
  • The Transition of Osoosi – Ozzie M. Gartrell

Best Short Story

  • Body, Remember – Nicasio Andres Reed
  • EXPRESS TO BEIJING WEST RAILWAY STATION – Congyun ‘Mu Ming’ Gu, translated by Kiera Johnson
  • My Country is a Ghost – Eugenia Triantafyllou
  • Rat and Finch are Friends – Innocent Chazaram Ilo
  • You Perfect, Broken Thing – C. L. Clark

Best in Speculative Poetry

  • The Alt-History of King Kong – Renoir Gaither
  • Fin – Terese Mason Pierre
  • The Harrowing Desgarrador – Gabriel Ascencio Morales
  • Hungry Ghost – Millie Ho
  • Tequila Mockingbird | Matar un Ruiseñor – Raúl Gallardo Flores, translated by Juan Martinez

Critics Award

  • C. Wise
  • Charles Payseur @ Quick Sip Reviews
  • Jesse @ Bowties and Books
  • Maria HaskinsStitch @ Stitch’s Media Mix

Best Anthology/Collected Works

  • A Phoenix Must First Burn – ed. Patrice Caldwell (Viking Books for Young Readers)
  • Glitter + Ashes: Queer Tales of a World that Wouldn’t Die – editor, publisher dave ring (Neon Hemlock)
  • Love After the End: An Anthology of Two-Spirit and Indigiqueer Speculative Fiction – ed. Joshua Whitehead (Arsenal Pulp Press)
  • Nine Bar Blues – Sheree Renée Thomas (Third Man Books)
  • Vampires Never Get Old: Tales with a Fresh Bite – ed. Zoraida Cordova & Natalie C. Parker (Imprint)

Best in creative nonfiction

  • The African Superhero and the Legacy of Captain Africa – Suyi Davies Okungbowa (http://Tor.com)
  • Fine Weather, Isn’t It? – Tochi Onyebuchi (SFWA Bulletin #215)
  • How to Make a Family: Queer Blood Bonds in Black Feminist Vampire Novels– Tamara Jerée (Strange Horizons)“
  • I Have No Mouth, and I Must Scream: The Duty of the Black Writer During Times of American Unrest – Tochi Onyebuchi (http://Tor.com)
  • Life, Liberty and the Pursuit of Excellence – Nibedita Sen (Uncanny Magazine)

The winners will be announced at a virtual ceremony on September 4, 2021.

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